I'm sure I'm not alone here suffering some losses of non-hardy plants from this winter. The following are pictures of my less hardy plants after temperatures here of -9C and snow:
These are my two Dicksonia antarctica. The one on the right has about 1ft of trunk. Both have straw stuffed into the crowns. I left the fronds on this year and wrapped them in fleece but they look very dead and brown. Hoping they'll both recover. The small one stayed green through last winter.
These are my two Cycas revoluta. The smaller one is still wrapped in fleece but wind blew the fleece off the other one. As you can see the leaves look quite golden now, still with some green in them. The trunks of both are wrapped in more fleece. I've heard of them recovering from such damage before so I'm hoping...
This is my Agave americana which seemed to show more damage in recent weeks, possibly owing to the snow more than the heavy frosts in January. The growing point still seems ok. Hope it's able to recover. In the background you can see the remains of a 'moonstone' plant. It shed all its succulent leaves, not sure if that'll recover or not.
This is the sorry state of my Agave americana. Even the growing point seems mushy. I'm not sure if it stands any chance of recovery at all? Also in the picture is my Opuntia which looks to have rotted a bit at the base of the bottom pad.
This is my Aloe striatula which has rotted on the highest stem but damage seems quite minimal otherwise.
This is the bigger of my two Musa basjoo. The main stem is wrapped with hessian packed with straw, the bottom half of the trunk still feels quite solild but the top half has rotted and fallen over. I'm hoping if it'll grow back from the bottom half. The two black pipes are the suckers it had last year. They are filled with straw and had holes for ventilation and were covered at the top to prevent rain getting in. The fleece to the left of it covers my Musella lasiocarpa which I haven't yet dared to look at.
Please let me know your thoughts on whether the dead or heavily damaged plants might recover or not...